Clinton leads in 2016 race; GOP wide open

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonReid 'fairly certain' Democrats will win Senate Sanders supporters hound FCC with complaints about media bias Obama mocks GOP, media and himself in final WHCD address MORE leads the other potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates by a six-to-one margin, while the Republican race is wide open, a new poll suggests.

Clinton received 73 percent of support for a presidential bid among Democrats and independents leaning that way, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Thursday. 

Vice President Biden came in second place with 12 percent support and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren: Trump's sexism is as obvious as his 'bad hair' Sanders-Warren ticket would sweep the nation With either Trump or Clinton, average American loses again MORE (D-Mass) came in third with 8 percent.

The pollsters say Clinton’s lead is the largest recorded in 30 years of Washington Post-ABC News polling. 

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In a hypothetical match-up in the 2016 general election, Clinton leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), 53 percent to 41 percent. In 2012, the Post notes, President Obama defeated Mitt Romney 51 percent to 47 percent in the popular vote. In 2008, Obama beat Sen. John McCainJohn McCainExperts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China McCain delivers his own foreign policy speech Republicans who vow to never back Trump MORE (Ariz.) 53 percent to 46 percent.

No one in the GOP field received as much support as Clinton in the poll. Six Republican candidates, in fact, received between 10 percent and 20 percent. 

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanObama mocks GOP, media and himself in final WHCD address Obama jabs at GOP: Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? Former GOP senator: I’d back Trump but not Cruz as nominee MORE (R-Wis.) leads the pack with 20 percent support, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in second with 18 percent. Christie came in third place with only 13 percent among Republicans and independents leaning in that direction.

Forty-three percent of Republicans view Christie favorably, compared to 33 percent who view him unfavorably, the poll indicates.

Three Republican senators who may also run received the least amount of support in the poll. Ted CruzTed CruzCruz: ‘Donald may do everything he can to encourage riots’ Obama mocks GOP, media and himself in final WHCD address Obama jabs at GOP: Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? MORE (Texas) received 12 percent, Rand PaulRand PaulFive ways Trump will attack Clinton Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Rand Paul wants to legalize cooperation MORE (Ky.) had 11 percent and Marco RubioMarco RubioCruz wins bulk of delegate spots at Va. convention Trump seeks approval from foreign policy experts, but hits snags Many Republicans uninterested in being Trump’s VP: report MORE (Fla.) received 10 percent.

Four percent of voters leaning Republican said they wouldn’t vote for any of the above candidates. The poll indicated 9 percent of them had no opinion of the GOP field. 

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